Shellfish acts bag big fines
More than one person a month is being pinged for exceeding bag limits for shellfish in Karratha, leading authorities to urge people to stick to the limits.
Department of Fisheries supervising fisheries and marine officer Michael Dunne said nine infringements had been issued for ark shell offences since April, with three more under investigation.
The infringements for exceeding the two-litre bag limit for ark shells, cockles and pipis have ranged from $75-$375.
Mr Dunne said all shells taken, whether for food or as specimens, had a bag limit.
“It is illegal to sell any recreationally caught or collected fish, including shells,” he said.
The shells are typically collected from mud flats at low tide and the simplicity of finding them means the species can be easily overfished.
Ark shells are greatly valued by Aboriginal people in northern Australia because of their cultural significance.
Larger specimen shells such as cowries, volutes and conch, have an individual bag limit of 10.
Fishers observing illegal fishing activity are encouraged to report it to the FishWatch hotline on 1800 815 507.